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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Coffee Time

Oh this set is fun! I just loved making these! A little putsy…but worth it. If you decide to make a shaker card with this set that is your putsy part. But a simple card is just as cute!

Shaker Coffee or Tea Cup Card

Snowflake Die cute card 3d look using white decorative paper

BURRR..but cute!

So simple…of course when you have the right tools anything is simple. This snowflake die makes it quick and easy for your card to turn out beautiful. The one receiving this card will be blown away! You do need a BigShot to use dies. I love mine because I can do multiple cardstock, metal, felt, and so much more. It is a tough machine and is a wonderful tool for your craft room.

I also beautiful paper Stamping’ Up use to have, but am sure you can find some that will meet your winter look. Vellum would also be striking!

Teeny Tiny Tea Cup

Winter card making

Well, this little idea of course just fits who I am on so many levels! For one, I get to make a cute card using fun background papers and two, well…it’s TEA! You can make them for any occasion and of course, add your favorite tea blend as a gift. Attaching to a gift or put a tea bag inside will make a special person feel loved. The bling is a fun add on too.

Wouldn’t these be great for Valentine’s Day? I made these for the ladies bible study but the ideas are really endless. Enjoy.

Winter card making
Winter card making

Snowman Tags

Making these tags is super simple with the die cut Top Note and of course the background paper and ribbon. I also used some fun googly eyes which added even more character to each one. The eyelets are bigger and heavy duty to attach the ribbon. They sure don’t need to be but when making tags I like to use the heavier eyelets. I also use the “quite” eyelet tool called the Crop a Dile vs. hammering the eyelets. This makes my hubby VERY happy!

Winter card making

Winter Wishes and Thank You’s

Lastly is my winter kinda monochromatic cards. I say kinda as I added the foiling paper for color. I also used the shimmery white cardstock from Stampin’ Up! Anytime I can get a shine or sparkle on a card just makes it for me! I used the star or snowflake folder for the background again you need a Big Shot or Cuttlebug to get that image impressed. It came up lighter on my Thanks card as I used less of a sandwich when rolling it through my Big Shot causing a less impressed image. The Pine Cone die cut and Spellbinders Alphabet set were the dies I used. LOVE my alphabet set as I use it a lot!

Winter is a great time…

Yes, this is a perfect time to stamp some cards you may need in the days and months you don’t want to be inside. I do enjoy taking the cold days (today is -23) and make my summer birthday cards and ranch ministry thank you’s. NOW…back to stamping and I just got 2 new sets and one of them is a horse set from Stampin’ Up! So excited…hope to show you next month what I created.

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Cute Shaker Card

This card is so dang cute! I came upon this card and fell in love with it! The die cut is by Honey Bee Stamps and the papers are from a variety of sources which I will post on the bottom of the blog.

I just couldn’t stop making them! The ideas were flowing!

A Little Hard To Get Started

The shaker card has always been a little tricky for me but what made this one a little bit more was the thinness of the outer frame. I had a hard time getting the right 3D tape to work. I began making the card the old fashioned way with pastor board that is super thick. Only one made with that…too much work. So I began working and playing and came up with the below final. I make the video to help you make your shaker and not go through the tedious trial and errors. I hope you find it easier by the video.

Step by Step Video

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List of Supplies

Big Shot Machine with extender

Honey Bee Stamps, Coffee Cup Die

3M tape

Transparency film

Glue and double stick tape

Background paper Lumber Jack addition

Solid colored Cardstock

Having the extender for your Big Shot will help when running this longer die through.

Comment if you have tried this die cut

God’s blessings and hope you enjoy this card as much as I do!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Health, Jarrin, Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys

It’s winter and the dryness on my dog’s paws are looking cracked. I decided to try some recipes to see what works best and of course is easy to make. This paw protector is wonderful! The scent is great and even though he licks it I know it is safe for him plus protecting his little pads.

Paw protector wax- like substance also helps break down the ice and snow that may collect in his pad. Every time we come in from outside, especially after being down at the ranch I check his paws to make sure there is no snow inside the pad. By applying the paw pad protector this cuts down on the snow accumulation. I just have to remember to put it on him BEFORE we go outside.

Paw Pad Protection for your pet

Recipe

4 tbsp organic shea butter

8 tbsp organic Calendula infused oil  (I have a recipe here)   

2 tsp carnauba wax                    

4 tbsp organic bees wax.          

 4 tbsp coconut oil                        

1/2 tsp vitamin E                      

1 tbsp organic  Sunflower oil.

 30 drops Rosemary Essential oil    

 15 drops Lavender Essential oil.    

10 drops of  Tea Tree Essential oil

In a double boiler, bring the calendula oil, shea butter, carnauba wax, beeswax, and coconut oil to melting point. This should only be about 2 minutes or so. Remove from heat and add vitamin E and your essential oils. Stir again and quickly and carefully pour into your molds. Paw mold, tins, (from any dollar store) or cupcake mold

TIPS

#1. I like to mix the first ingredients in a  4 cup glass measuring cup. I place this in double boiler and stir with a plastic spoon. This helps pouring into my molds easier and using the plastic spoon I can throw away for easier clean up.  #2. I add a tsp of Apricot oil as this oil is helpful in dry chapped skin. #3. Adding a few calendula flowers to the mold make for pretty presentation. I doubled this recipe because of the thick molds used.

Gift Ideas

Paw Pad Protection for dog

Just take paw and place is ointment and rub onto pad. You can also take some in your hand and rub directly onto the paws. 

Paw Pad Protection

Adding tags to your gifts is quick and easy as well as special when you use these little framelits from Sizzix. Using my BIGSHOT I can use material, metal, more than one piece of card stock, it’s wonderful. Makes gift giving fun and easy!

So let me know how your little 4-legged buddies do with this ointment. I hope they like it and it works for you! I invite comments!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Bible Journaling, Empower, Hope, The Boys

We sure get ourselves into a rut when we focus on the worst part of ourselves. We can even try to hide from connecting with God because we have deep feelings of shame or guilt. The best gift we can give ourselves is who we are to Whom knows are deepest soul.

Do you ever find yourself pretending to be someone else? Hiding from the world who you really are? I can tell you from experience this can be exhausting.  But there is Hope.

Being in the presence of Jesus with all of our junk with our guilt, shame, naked before Him we come into the very presence of grace, love, and forgiveness. Only if we are willing to choose. Only if we are willing to come before this Throne of Grace will we experience the Hope.

In a similar way to our Jesus, horses bring out our true selves. Horses don’t pretend and are not self-conscious. They don’t worry about how their hair looks, if they are too fat or too thin. Horses show up exactly how they are full of grace and pure honesty. They are not ashamed to be afraid or to show contentment.  

The Gift of Being True To Self

When I am in the presence of our horses, I can take a deep breath and release the pressures of the things I am holding in. By gazing into their beautiful brown eyes, these giants who have reason to fear me, brings me peace. Just like Jesus. 

“Do you give the horse his strength, or clothe his neck with a flowing mane?” Job 39:19  The Lord does this and yet the horse contents to gentle this strength to befriend us. They can help bring us into a closer, deeper relationship with our Creator God by simply experiencing the picture of who we are and Who He is.

Often we can be such a klutz in how we approach our Lord.  Just like the horses, He is available offering us the greatest gift EVER…Himself and just as we are. 

We can choose to overcome any false truth about ourselves when we experience the Bigness of our God!

May each of you find the Truth and open the Gift! Unwrap whatever you feel is keeping you in the box. Trust this truth… He is worth it and so are you!

God’s blessing upon you all.

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life, Sewing
We have been invaded by Gnomes! I am crazy for these little fellas! Gnomes are the cutest things ever! After I saw how you could make these gnomes and so simple too, I went nuts and made a ton of them! Plus I got this stamp set which really made my day! So guess what our Christmas card will be this year? Yep…GNOMES! Oh, they are cute! Here are some of the creations! Gnome invasionGnome Invasion Gnome Invasion Now time for you to make one or more! Pictures help by Pic Monkey Step by step: Gnome Invasion After you cut your sock at the heal (I use an ankle sock) stuff the toe part with rice. About 1/2 cup enough for it to stand. Gnome Invasion Add some stuffing to make him or her chubby Gnome Invasion Tie a small rubber band around the top to hold the stuffing in Gnome Making You can hot glue beard on now or wait until you get the hat and nose on. This can be last. Gnome Invasion Place your fuzzy sock on top…I cut mine in half depends on the size you purchased. If you do get a bigger one use it for another Gnome. And here is where it starts…you keep making more! Gnome Invasion Hot glue your nose on the white sock. Gnome InvasionPic Monkey Helps with making your pictures to die for… As you can see I added legs. Also, the top of the sock on the hat can be formed into a ball by adding another small rubber band. Or add a pom pom. The legs are 2″ of fabric as long as you like sewn together and added pompoms for shoes. For white noses, I added color by sponging with red ink. I tell you…you won’t be able to stop! Now for the cards…Pic Monkey helps with effects…love this program! Gnome InvasionGnome Invasion . The set for this is by Fun Stampers Journey. I used the alcohol markers to give a bright watercolor look. I tried the watercolor pencils but it wasn’t strong enough plus it took longer. I love adding glue glitter as well as white liquid appliqué that puffs up when you heat it with a heating tool. Before you heat it, you can add glitter and when it puffs up it will sparkle! I love them all…can’t wait to make some more…happy gnome! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Crafts

Ooo laaa laaa! This craft room has become my room for sure! My room with its brightness and special touches have truly made crafting so much more delightful in every way!

I love how not only the windows put a smile on your face, but the paint choice, the day bed, and small details just bring a sense of peace.

 

This light really makes the room! Not only is it whimsical but does it give out the light! It’s LED so it will last more than I will.  I just LOVE it! (pictured below) My hubby had quite the time getting this girly girl light…ran into 2 guys he knew and…well…he was made fun of. What a man!

 

My hubby is also adding shelving with drawers that will go under the desk he made. This will help take some of the clutter on the desk into the easy access drawers.

Lastly, I will be having a friend paint a verse on the wall. She can’t make it until January but she did the rest of our home and can’t wait how she will finish this very special part of the room. Doing my morning devotionals on my day bed and looking up at the verse will surely start my day with HIS faithfulness and love.

Enjoy the pictures of the room. It really was fun to create and now…inspiration and creation will be easily sparked in this whimsy craft room!
Day bed…so whimsical!

New Craft Room

The horsey quilt and yellow pillow

New Craft Room

 

Craft room detailThe verse makes this chair! Lovin’ it!

New Craft Room

So this room has a defiant character don’t you think?

The last touches…
New Craft Room

And my lamp. I decided not to even sew this lamp shade as the heart pins on the top are too adorable…so I kept them on.

Now…time to craft!

Bye for now! I’ll keep the light on for ya if you want to join me! I have an extra chair or two!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

Love this LIGHT!!!

New Craft Room
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Crafts, Ranch Life
Oh I can’t believe it! For 25 years I have had my little craft room in the laundry room with no windows. My hubby would joke and say, “you can do your sewing and at the same time get the laundry done.” HA HA!
Now that we are empty nesters my man and I got to work creating a new craft room with lots of natural light!

 A new craft room with color and light will make creating so much more exciting! 

I am calling it my Whimsy room! Because of the whimsy decor…so cute!


Here is what the room looked like before we began. Our son  Mitchell.

Craft Room
Now for the fun part…gutting and getting walls ready for new brightness!

We were given old base boards as a donation so I decided to use these as a  crown molding around the room. I painted them white…and added a splash of distressing…

New Craft Room

Dan mounted them…they look so cool against the painted wall!
New Craft Room

We also decided to empty the closet taking out the old racks and will turn this area into the main area for stamping.
New Craft Room

This next part was so fun to do and really makes for a cute window especially a craft room! I wanted a WHIMSY type of room so looking at ideas for window decor I came up with this. What do you think?

Whimsy or what? It was also a project I could do NOW since I had to wait for the flooring to come in. 

New Craft RoomNew Craft Room




New Craft Room
I just took material and cut them into strips tying them onto a white cord made of cotton. I measured the cord out by hanging it on the window so I knew how long I wanted the swag. Lookin’ whimsy for sure!
Even the rod is whimsy!
New Craft Room
New Craft Room

 


Next took some time as Dan has never put hardwood floor in before. The underlayment isn’t tricky but thank God for Youtube. 

Oh the hardwood is so pretty. I couldn’t resist and laid some down to see what it looked like. Getting all his measurements and knowing direction of wood he began the first layers. 
He is so good at stuff like this and being a perfectionist he did it well!

New Craft Room
OK…he finished the floor…

I think it turned out great! The details of this little room will make creating so fun and cheerful!

Isn’t it important to feel good in a place you are creating in?
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Bible Journaling, Crafts
Have you ever thought about if you ever would need a heart transplant whose heart you would get? Would it be a person who is famous? Maybe someone who had committed murder! Or maybe someone who has given their whole life to serving others. The whole fact that one would need a transplant is scary as the risks are so high and recovery can be long. But God gave us a chance without any of those risks or worrying about its past! But have you thought about today? Do you need a new heart today? I do! Do you find yourself stuck on your own views whether political, religious, or even, you will NEVER eat Asparagus? Are you stubborn, set in your own ways? In the book of Ezekiel, starting in 36: 22, we read, “Therefore (read the passage before will help), give the people of Israel this message from the Sovereign Lord: I am bringing you back, but not because you deserve it. Ok, …we need to stop a minute. First, this passage is a message from the Sovereign Lord. Sovereign meaning all powerful, all in control…GOD Himself! If we are at all a person who desires to please others, we first need to please God. Listening to Him is a great start. Think about this for a minute. The God who created the universe is speaking to you. He is speaking and saying, “I am bringing you back”. Back from what? Well, really our sinful self, our stubborn ways, and thoughts that we are always right. Look at the next part. He is even bringing us back and we don’t even deserve it. AMAZING! Yet, so many of us don’t understand this. We really don’t deserve what we have now or for believers, heaven. But our Jesus longs for us to spend eternity with Him so He paid the price of death, which as a sinless man he didn’t deserve. We do. When we read on the Lord did this for His people to show how holy He is and that HE is Lord. He made a promise to bring them home. In verse 25 He sprinkles CLEAN water on each person. Washing the sin away. OH, WHAT A SIGHT! Again…if we don’t realize we are unclean we cannot accept this sprinkle of cleanliness. We cannot understand the need for a beautiful shower from our Lord. But when we do… Verse 26…I WILL GIVE YOU A NEW HEART! There it is! Our transplant! The transplant was successful! New, clean, pumping, and beating! The Lord has taken out our stony, stubborn old heart and given us a tender, responsive heart. DO YOU SEE THIS? Don’t you WANT to be tender? Don’t you WANT to be responsive to others? Think about your views again going back to the beginning. Your views on world issues. Did you react in a way that was tender to someone else’s position? Were you responding in love, tenderness, understanding? I can tell you…this is where this passage hit me…right in the HEART! YEP, I need a transplant, every day! I am quick to my viewpoints or beliefs and am not being a good witness to a God Who is patient and kind. As I read on in this passage, I simply came before the Lord praying for a transplant. A transplant I may need to ask many times over, as I am a sinner. However, as a sinner, I have a Savior. I know with every new heart I need to ask for forgiveness and He will forgive AND FORGET EVERY time. Unlike us humans, Jesus forgives and moves on. A heart transplant on an operating table is far more risky as well as many months of healing, but a heart transplant from our Jesus is easy, not painful, and best of all will lead you to an abundant life with Him! May you be open to receive a daily transplant and in turn be sprinkled with His blessings. Love deeper, talk sweeter, ask for a new heart (and be amazed at HIS answer) Lee
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Crafts, Ministry, Ranch Life
We are gearing up for our Harvest Hoedown at True North Ranch! We can’t wait to share all the Lord has done this year and since we have been in operation for 10 years it will be especially rewarding to have folks come and see the ranch first hand! In the weeks ahead we will be preparing for little stations throughout the ranch. Here are some of the things we are prepping and creating. Kids can make a craft called a Prayer Jar! I just love this idea! Here are the supplies needed: (affiliate links that when you click on also help our ministry at the ranch) Harvest Hoedown Fun Foam Faith Shapes Fun Foam Faith Sayings Plastic Mason Jars For some adhesives I recommend: Glue Dots Tacky Glue And Sharpies for markers: Big pack And of course the BLING! LOVE these!! Really no need for directions as it is simply sticking on items and using markers to decorate. Let the creative juices flow for the love of the Lord! Hoedown On we go to decorating the ranch grounds.  Scarecrows!  I hope they don’t freak out the horses but they will look so darn cute! My kids and I will be hunting down some cornstalks and colorful flowers to place on fence posts and of course, we will have to scrounge up some pumpkins to place in a variety of places. Color is my big thing since September isn’t a real colorful time yet. I will have to get creative in this area. Harvest Hoedown A wonderful volunteer helped paint up some signs and prepped our photo op area. SO cute! Hay bales, and ropes to make a memory for all who come! We also used bandana’s to mark for parking by ripping them into strips and tying them to a hay string. This showed folks where they could park as well as added some fun decor outside the ranch area. The full bandanas we used to decorate the tree lines. This will help add the color too! harvest hoedownThe silent auction area will have tables decorated with the faux wood as well as the bandana skirt. This will be darling! Our chuck wagon will be loaded with grub with a fall menu serving, of course, our favorite pumpkin tea and spiced apple cider. To decorate this area I found this really awesome faux wood roll. Fits perfect as my hubby couldn’t finish the table part in time. Our prizes for the sack races, cake walk, and pony barrel races will be goodies wrapped in a bandana. We chose Golden Nuggets of course to fit our Nugget! Horses, and candy. Harvest Hoedown The ranch will have some fun games like horseshoe, corn hole, and ropin’ the calf.  All fun for all ages! We also hired a wonderful husband and wife team to sing us along and have good ol’ line dancing’! I can’t wait for this part! HEE HAW! To end our day we have a couple of kids who will demo what they have gained from having sessions at TNR. This part I hope will be a special part for our folks to see and hear the message of hope along with our speaker and worship time. Hoedown Everyone will get a little tea bag as memory and thank you full of our favorite TNR harvest pumpkin tea blend. I used these organic muslin bags with a tag THANK YOU stamped on each one. OH, how I love to throw a Hoedown, especially giving God all the glory! I will post pictures along the way. So until then, Happy Harvest! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Bible Journaling, Healing, Ministry, Ranch Life
What pathway are you on right now? What is your trail like? Is it full of poison ivy? Are you tripping on broken sticks? Is there a fork on your trail and you don’t know which one to take?  Are there puddles too big to jump over or mud so deep your just plain ol’ stuck? Maybe your pathway is beautiful, full of joy and no worries. You feel all is well and perfect. About 10 years ago, a ministry came into our community helping financially troubled families who were living on the streets or in their cars. This ministry was wonderful as it allowed the days for children to play or attend a local school and parents to find jobs and homes. In the evenings, the families would go to a church to be fed and loved and have a place to sleep along with a big dinner and breakfast. The ministry is called New Pathways. What a perfect name!   Individuals whose pathways somehow got goofed up led wrong or made wrong choices which allowed for a new beginning, new start, new pathway. In our sessions this year, pathways are our focus word we use as a foundation to their time with the horses on the ranch. So far it has opened many conversations and openness I haven’t really experienced before. I love how the Lord leads me to certain things such as words like this, verses, passages of scripture, and reminders of my own stories or experiences. Have you ever stopped to look down a road? A trail? A sidewalk? An aisle? In every step we take throughout a day, we are always on a pathway. If the pathway we are on is causing pain in some way in our life or we know is not a path the Lord would want us on, we must somehow make a new one. We must at that point make a choice to choose a pathway that may not be easier but give us freedom. It may be free from sin. It may be freedom from conflict. It may be freedom from addiction. Whatever pathway you’re on, your Savior is longing for you to find a new one! At times I find the pathway I am on is safe and easy as I know it so well. But the Lord is asking me to try a new pathway to stretch my journey. He desires for me to explore and learn and at that time I will have to depend on Him more and more because I don’t know the path well. That’s the pathway I am on right now. This ministry is constantly challenging in the way the Lord is bringing in new ideas and opportunities. They are like weeds to pull or brush to move to clear the trail. Sometimes I want to turn around and go back on the pathway that I knew before. A pathway where I knew every area that is dangerous or could “trip” me up. A path or trail that didn’t cost me so much hard work! In this new pathway, I have no idea what’s ahead.  I haven’t either been on it before or have and it caused pain somewhere along the way. I surely don’t want to go through it again. YET, my heavenly Father wants me to try because He has a new plan within the new pathway. I must trust Him, belief, and ultimately obey. By obedience, I am choosing to say no to self. Choosing His ideas, not mine. Simply, surrendering my will. One of my favorite verses I have memorized, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding but in ALL ways acknowledge Him and He will keep your path straight. “ Proverbs 3:5-   HE does…every time I am obedient. My salvation verse, “Your word is the lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Ps. 119:105  By READING the bible every day, not just short devotions or commentary from others but truly reading, absorbing, and talking to the Lord, HE will direct my path for the day and days to come. Again, obedience and choosing the path of being still, alone with my Jesus. Pathways offer hope. They offer second chances. They open new opportunities. New pathways draw you closer to your Redeemer who is molding your character to be more and more like Him. Possibly, you may not be on the path with Jesus. You may be walking alone. Afraid, lonely, or simply unhappy. Will you trust in a Savior who promises to walk with you? He promises “He will never leave you or forsake you. He is with you always.” That is the best part of choosing the path with Christ! So what pathway are you on? What trail will you take? Will you choose today to follow HIS lead and walk the trail together no matter what it may bring you? Enjoy your ride or walk…on your NEW pathway! Love deeper, talk sweeter along your journey, Lee
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Crafts, Jarrin, Paper/Cards
Summer is here! Finally! And with it comes graduations and wedding parties. So to work I went on an idea of creating a mason jar wedding gift. What sparked the idea? Well, the bride had mason jars on her wedding list. Wedding Gift For me, I couldn’t just give EMPTY jars…NO…and boom…came to this idea. Each jar represents one month, beginning with their married month which is June. The bride is someone special as she was in my first high school group of girls I mentored. From her 9th grade year through her graduation, I saw this young smiley girl turn into a beautiful young woman fired up to serve our Lord Jesus Christ. She came in seeking, and indeed found the Lord on her journey. This celebration of marriage, relationship, and commitment I am looking forward to sharing with her and her new love. We also are giving a jar full of heart cookies, engraved M+R on them and the “We Still Do sign giving a reminder of each year together. Below I put a list of what I put into each jar. I also added a bible verse which went along with what I put in the jar, or to the month it was. I added a message with the verse giving advice in God’s word on marriage and relationships. It was so fun! I hope they find it as special as it was to make. Each month was using Pic Monkey for labels and editing pictures. Here ya go: June: Long Grain Rice Wedding Gift July: Red, White, Blue chocolate kisses and Dove candy Wedding Gift August: Brides birthday…candles, and matches Wedding Gift September: Bride’s a teacher, ginger tea with an apple theme Wedding Gift October: Ginger Snap Tea or Pumpkin Tea Wedding Gift November: Deer (she loves to hunt) Wedding gift December: 2 elf hats to go and serve and give of their time Wedding Gift January: COOL gum mints (talked about not letting a relationship get cold) Wedding Gift February: Rose petals and lollipop rings Wedding Gift March: Toothpicks (when a conversation gets prickly…) Wedding Gift April: 2 plastic eggs in the grass (don’t put all your eggs in one basket filled with messaging essential oils and diffusing oil) Wedding Gift May: Jolly Ranchers (because we ranch and they love them) Wedding Gift Remember any links you click and purchase goes to help us serve kids in need on our ranch. We love to do what we do. Just like this young woman who marries a godly man mentored and pointed her to Christ welcomes a life full of HIS promises. Thank you! May the Lord bless you today and enjoy making gifts homemade with love for others! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Crafts, Paper/Cards
Spring is a time for splashy colors and making fun, cute baskets to give to loved ones and friends! My favorite colors are the bright lime greens, soft yellows, and of course the pinks, so I decided to make up these baskets for birthday gift giving and of course May Day surprises. You can find the die cut shapes on Sizzix or Amazon which I will highlight under the pictures. Remember, there is a TON of ideas on the  Sizzix site and really look around you may find a cuter die cut that fits your style. For example, the butterfly. There are many to choose from and if I had a more detailed one I would have used that, but didn’t. I found Amazon provided some better basket boxes and Sizzix was sold out of a few. I had to bounce between the two and so may you. You will need a Big Shot or Cuttlebug to cut your dies. Once your into this machine your creative juices will really rock! I also have come to know another company, The Fun Stampers Journey. I have a link to a gal who would be happy to help you, as well as get some of the die cuts from her. Her name is Pam and she is sweet. When you go to her link, you can click on the catalog and look around. FSJ also has the bags! So enjoy shopping and being creative. To make the basket topper you will need either one of these: The solid die cut from Sizzix the #661018, just put it in the search part. Daisy die from Amazon For a CUTE scallop but with more lace type flare try this one: You will see more…see what you like. Scallop lace from Amazon For these two  Sizzix doesn’t carry anymore but put links from Amazon for you. Here is one Sizzix Circle Scallop #660021 for fun edging. Just put it in the search part of the site. Here is one idea the video here helps in how to make the basket handle for your bags. Want some of these cute bags? Lime green, purple, pink, yellow, and teal. Just email me and I would be happy to send you some! Free will offering! (they’re cheap!) I did say 50 cents a bag on the video but want you to have them if you like. homesteadranchgirl@gmail.com Enjoy making your fun basket gift bags this spring! They are cute! Here is a video explaining how I did them. MAN Smilebox hasn’t fixed this yet but hopes to get it fixed so you can see the whole HOWTO which got cut off. Hang in there…it will get fixed!
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Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Bible Journaling, Peace, Ranch Life
Are you feeling overwhelmed by something today? Why is it some days seem like bad things keep piling up? A phone call, a text, news, prayer chain, things breaking down, on and on. The feeling of powerlessness and simply… overwhelmed by it all! Are you feeling overwhelmed by something today? “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her warfare is ended, her iniquity is pardoned,  she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” Isaiah 40:11 After reading this passage with a weight as heavy as the spring snow, comes another overwhelming feeling…peace. You see, by taking time in my bible reading and listening to what the Lord is saying takes the overwhelming negative stuff and turns it all into overwhelming peace. Why? God’s got this! He has the bad news, illness of others, death of a loved one, house or car falling apart, bills to paid. The Lord has all these worldly struggles but we so often carry the weight of the snow ourselves. So dumb! However, each time the bad comes we have a choice. Look at the first two words. Comfort He even repeats it, COMFORT. The Lord God is comforting His children by speaking tenderly. Our God is so personal demonstrating with a word that instantly brings peace. COMFORT! I love this! How does our God bring comfort? First through His word by reading it, accepting, and receiving every word as true. By a phone call from an encourager and someone who will pray your problem through. Simply waiting, crying out to God, and asking for peace in the struggle brings upon a little more peace. What have you heard or dealt with in just the last few days? What struggle? What did you do when you heard it or came upon it? Did you call a friend? How about going to your phone or computer and facebooking your problem? Maybe just wept and kept  it to yourself. All of these things are not bad but did they help? Did you carry this struggle throughout your day, week, or longer? I would say NOT, as I have done all the above! Rather than going to self gratifying answers, may I suggest once again turning to your Lord and Savior. Trust me, He has the answers. He says “the warfare is ended” it’s done! He has it taken care of. Our sins our even pardoned as the verse continues and even received double! Amazing good news! Do you see that? We need to look up when a struggle happens so the bad news can be turned to good by trusting in HIS ways and HIS timing. The Lord does not want us in an overwhelmed state feeling like we are stuck or up to our necks with problems we can’t escape. He wants us to experience freedom even in the tough times. The longer we stay in the struggle the less we can do for Him. If I am holding onto a problem, I can’t do the tasks of this ministry. My focus is on the problem vs. getting to His call on my life. When I am in a session with a child who is facing a major struggle, I am not able to be a good example of living in freedom with Christ. Therefore, when I am sharing Christ it isn’t as powerful as when I have prayed and given the problem to the Lord. overwhelmed cowboy Looking at his picture do you see a cowboy up to his neck with snow? Or do you see a cowboy enjoying looking over the top and seeing the LIGHT and being thankful it’s not over his head. It’s like the glass half full thing.  How do we deal with  life issues and what is given to us? Here’s a thought. Next time you experience an overwhelmed situation, look up. Get in the Word. Pray, talk to God letting Him know your pain and struggle. God doesn’t want you to carry the load He already has. He can melt that snow! Maybe not same day, or season even. But He will melt it! So call on Him, get rid of it so you can get back to HIS purpose for your day and life. Trust your God can bring an overwhelmed circumstances to overcoming! May you find the peace that passes all understanding, listen to his tender words, and embrace the word COMFORT in the world of overwhelming problems. Give it to Him and Get to work! Ultimately, He is given all the glory because you gave your struggle to Him and trusted Jesus to take care of your worries. We are getting into the Easter season…FREEDOM is celebrated! If you give  baskets to love ones, think about a basket of Hope, Freedom, and His Love! Giving HIS word, a bible, or a simple message of Hope in a card! Love deeper, talk sweeter, enjoy some quiet time with Jesus, Lee (new diffusers for your essential oils and other good things)
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Crafts, Ranch Life, Sewing
Oh boy! These quilted gift baskets are SOOO adorable I can’t even stand it! I had a hard time at first, partly because the directions were hard for me to understand, but once I got them, well…look I made a TON! I couldn’t stop! I am a beginner sewer and making these quilted baskets wasn’t difficult once I made one.  The video is to help others like me and make the process a little quicker. One of the things I love the most is the versatility and the 3 different materials. The ribbon effect all around just makes the basket as well! Take note, I put fleece in some of the handles and the ones that didn’t have it are droopy so I would recommend putting that in. Also if you have a button attached to your machine, do those ahead before folding the bag and sewing edges. Just a couple of things I learned along the way and am passing along to you. Here is the link to the FREE DOWNLOAD from Hugs and Holly! Here is a video on a step by step:
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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life
WOW! When I saw  Stampin’ Up! got a new set called the Barn Door I just about flipped out! I LOVE barn doors! I love them for our closest, for our tack shack and of course, it just fits who we are. SO to have a stamping set that I can make fun cards with well…the frosting is on the cake! Some things you will need for this set… Big Shot Card Stock (I prefer SU! but if you shop online here is a good one) Barn Set and matching template cutouts are from Stamping’ Up! If you need a demonstrator, let me know via email or in comments. I would love to hook you up with some gals I know! Below is a video showing it step by step as it is a bit tricky and time-consuming at first. However when you get the SWING of it…well…you will be hooked! SOOOOO CUTE!! Here is the video so you can watch it step by step….. I did take some time to make up a bunch of the framelet cutouts. I put them into a container I can use later. It will make it easier when I want to make a card but don’t have as much time. Also, you can use instead of the washer, a 1/2″ punch.   The 3/4″ was better for me, but you decide. Use a heavier card stock when you do. Here are my creations: Ok, I have to do something else.  This set is just amazing and I am getting nothing else done! I actually have a couple more I will post later. You will love it!!! I am indeed in heaven as I created these. I hope you will give it a try and POST YOUR creations below. I love inspiration and I am sure others will too! God’s blessing as you bless others with homemade stamped cards! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Crafts, Living Naturally, Paper/Cards, Sewing
Making herbal tea is a daily thing for our family. We enjoy making herb teas using my love of blending many different herbs. But the best part is making it all special especially when I give it as a gift. One thing I love to do is make individual tea bags full of my special blends, but it is hard to find a tea bag that will work so I decided to create my own. I decided to use coffee filters or Bulk Herb Store has some too. Sewing makes it fun as you can add a colored thread to make it match a gift or a theme. Thinking about all this Viking stuff around here, purple thread tea bags would be fun! Stamping is another added love so getting out stamps to go with the persons’ personality or if it’s a special occasion like a birthday.  I, of course, used our touch of simple ranch life which became my platform to make the tea bags. I hope you will find it just as fun and your special touches will be a delight for the receiver. Let me know what you think by making a comment below. I enjoy seeing the ideas as well as ways to improve my own ideas. SO…here ya go! Now for the fun part! Stamping time! Grab some fun background paper and favorite stamps, stamp and cut out. The final step, tape to your dangling string. Done! I am sure it looks adorable. You can go into Amazon and search favorite stamps if you are not into western. Here are some I did. Think how wonderful it would be to get a get well card with a fun box full of tea bags with herbs that will help whatever their illness. Very special and a homemade touch! OH, I love it…enjoy making some and giving them as gifts! Again, let me know by making a comment. God’s blessings, Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Bible Journaling, Ministry, Ranch Life, Ranch Life
Do you have days; maybe whole seasons where you just need a boost of faith? Are you experiencing times of loneliness, defeat, or just plain emptiness? Is life throwing you some curve balls that are overwhelming you right now? Maybe it is just a season of nothing exciting happening. Your just feeling BLAH!! These are warning signs to quickly turn to God’s word to GIVE YOU A BOOST! I read this passage today and took out my illustrated faith creative kit, and began meditating on this passage. Hebrews 11:3. “By faith, we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.” We have no idea what God has planned. But resting in faith helps us hang on! Oh MY, you can’t help but get a boost! Look at each verse in the chapter. Each of them has a story behind them that will bring your heart and mind to awe. WHY? Because each story has a character like you and me, we can begin to relate in some way. You will have no doubt that there is a God who is watching over you when you experience the Lord working during your down seasons. He indeed has the power to help you overcome your dark times here on earth. Some of the stories, which I believe are all true and indeed happened, bring me immediately to a place of comfort because they show me God is in control They show me that in all things, God brings together for our good. Let me share on a personal note. Four years ago we had our horses boarded at a nearby farm. For three years we did our ministry from this barn. It was wonderful as it had a heated indoor facility, huge outdoor arena, and beautiful trails. We just loved it there, and the folks who ran it was awesome. It really was perfect. We also had this property, which we are now on, but the Lord was not opening the doors for us to be on this property. At times I would walk this land and pray and hope ministry would indeed happen here. That it would become a full-on ministry in our own area that we called True North Ranch. I would walk the land and the Lord would give me pictures of what it would soon look like. Imagining a road here, a fence there, the horses eating, and ministry happening. But it just wasn’t happening. One spring day in early April, we had the yearly vet day. As the borders, me, and the owners were busy getting horses into the stalls preparing for the vet visit, it seemed a little weird. The owners weren’t their happy selves. The owner came in head down, no smile or greeting and proceeded to close the barn doors. She remained somber and quiet and went on to share that she had some bad news. My heart dropped. Someone had reported their barn as not being compliant with the area laws and turned them in. (ALL NOT TRUE to the extent they were demanding). The authorities told them they could no longer have boarding horses. We were devastated. All of us! We were saddened that our friends all standing before us were hurting and going through this and at the same time thinking what WE would do. (As if our God didn’t have a plan) The worst thing the owner shared was we needed to be out by June 1. THAT WAS ONLY 2 MONTHS away! But the Lord our GOD had a plan! We had this property. This property just sitting there waiting for the right time. The property in its beauty full of trees, yet… no road, no electricity, no running water, no shelter, no no no…..just trees. I was excited at the thought of having the horses now on the property, but in the process of excitement, I worried about all that had to be done. In two months no less! Here in Hebrews Chapter 11….my story…In 2 months God rocked! Every day. Every moment, He provided. He provided funds for fencing, automatic water, horse shelter, pump house, round pen, roads, and hay. HE PROVIDED IN HIS TIME and in the right moment. It wasn’t easy. It didn’t happen overnight. But the Lord took what was an awful stressful time…and turned it into awesome. Only a GOD who cares and loves you can do such a thing! You have a Chapter 11 faith stories too. You need to look back on what the Lord has done so you can remember how GOOD HE is. By remembering a past trauma and how God brought you through, will get you through the rough patches you are going through right now. It’s a faith booster! One we all need! Journaling is wonderful because of this. You can go back and look at faith stories of your own. Recalling HIS workmanship in your life gives you strength! It works for me every time!!! The stories are my BOOSTS both in the word in and my own. Get a BOOST of faith today. Journal, create a faith memory, and share it with others who too may need a boost! Being grateful is also a very helpful tool during your time of boosting! God bless you! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life
Do you ever wish you had some creative way to give a small gift to friends for the family? Just something that can be quick to make and easy to fill? These cute boxes only take some fun background paper and a little do-dad here and there. Imagination goes a long way to set the stage for your gift. I always think of the personality or something special about the person to give the gift box a special touch. Especially fun is what you put inside! I put homemade tea bags in one of mine along with a cookie snack. This gives the idea for the person to relax and enjoy a cup of tea. (of course, I would only use homemade tea blends) Below I give you other ideas for you to get the picture. So get creative and have a blast with these! With Valentine’s coming up I know there would be teachers who would adore one of the boxes! I used a scorer in my cutter. I love this tool! It extends to 12×12 size paper which I use a ton when making envelopes. I have this set of horses I use ALL the time! I can use watercolor techniques or my new blender markers! LOVE LOVE! Here are some of my favorite background papers GREAT price too… Flic Flac Western Looks Petite Prints Lawn Fawn Just loved making all these fun cards for ones I love! Enjoy being creative and let me know how you like them…even send a picture! God’s blessings as you give to others of your time and talents! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee  
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Bible Journaling, Crafts, Ministry
Coloring and being creative in card making has always been a love of mine! I have loved to color, draw, scrapbook, and gift making since I was a young girl. But recently, I have enjoyed the art and love of journaling in my daily devotional time. In the year 2017, I stepped into ANOTHER form of creativity. I added a planner that I could add fun color, wasabi tape, or stickers to help remind me of different events. Who would have ever thought to put your daily calendar into full color and splash would make me WANT to look at it? It helps me remember too as well as fun creating it! So in 2018, I got myself a combination of devotional and a planner all in one! In just a few days of starting the new year, I have enjoyed the doodling, journaling and I think the best part is the focused verse. I take it with me throughout the day. Memorizing, pondering, and loving God’s word in my daily tasks. This one is on a non-affiliated but wanted to share. Dayspring also has a TON to choose from. I also love how I can write prayer requests, or look to see who I need to pray for. While I am in my devotional time and the Lord inspires something on my heart, I can still be creative in my bible. I can do my devotional than plan my day and still be focusing on God’s word and prayer.  One day I reverse it and you know what? It helped me focus more on my quiet time because I got the  “to do” out of my mind. By having the business part done, I could flow right into prayer and praise and time in His word. I JUST love this! Watch a video! I think that is what I love so much about journaling as it can be drawn, written, or just doodling my thoughts. In my bible, I will often date it when I have created something, or when something is really on my heart and have gotten praise or prayer within that time of creating. If you want to get started, Dayspring has some wonderful Coloring Day Planners! You can click on the link ad of Dayspring and take a look. ***(remember every time you order from this blog you help our ministry) This year I got a smaller version size planner, and I wished I didn’t.  (above) I like a little bigger space not only to write down my appointments for sessions but also room to create. So if you’re pondering the same issue…go bigger! I love it and hope you will too.  The bible I have for journaling is also on Dayspring or Amazon and all the fun goodies you can get to start. The joy of being in God’s word just got more delightful! OH…and colorful! Here is a picture of the NEW GOAL kit if you’re into planning goals or making a vision board. Enjoy being creative! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Bible Journaling, Ministry, Ranch Life
Do you have a focus word for every new year? Have you ever chosen a word you need to reflect on and make a part of your daily life? I didn’t until two years ago and I love having this special word to remind, refresh, and renew my soul!  One year I had JOY, last year I had Overcome, this year…REST! Throughout many days in December, I asked the Lord what word do I need to focus on, draw my days around, work on for my own health, help me be a better wife, mom, and missionary? The Lord brought REST into my mind. Over and over…it just kept creeping into my mind as I was working around the ranch and our home. Rest! So REST it is! What does it mean for me? For one thing, it is something the Lord desires for our best. The Lord repeats it many times throughout scripture and HIS first mention of it is in the very first book, Genesis 1:5. “God called the light “day” and the darkness “night”. And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.” See it there? He stopped working for a time. Resting. God goes on making land and sea, vegetation, lights in the sky our sun and moon, animals, and us. Each day He rested at the end. Our Lord didn’t run off and do something else that quickly needed to be done. He didn’t indulge in food or watching TV. He rested. Moving onto chapter 2:2 God begins with a final detail. “On the seventh day God finished His work of creation, SO HE RESTED”(emphases mine) from all His work.” Resting is tricky. We can easily think cleaning up the kitchen, organizing a closet or office, or folding laundry is resting. Even watching TV or playing a game as a family can be thought of as resting. I think sometimes working around the ranch is restful like picking up manure or grooming the horse. But really, that’s work, not rest. So we have to go back to what God’s definition of rest is.  It’s all about fixing our thoughts on HIM. Resting in HIM. Taking a walk is my favorite time of resting. We live in a beautiful area of deep woods. No people, no traffic, nothing but the sound of all those things the Lord has made.  Fixing my thoughts on HIM is easier when there are no distractions plus I am truly refreshed and rested when I am finished. Resting is important to God so much so He planted it in the very beginning. He desires for HIS children to be refreshed, rejuvenated, and rested! We can THINK that doing other things are resting but really…it’s running. In the end, you will be running into more physical and mental exhaustion. True rest. What does it look like? Getting alone with God. whether it’s a walk, cuddling up with a good helpful book and a cup of tea, watching a sunrise or sunset, or journaling are great ways to rest your mind and body. Trail riding is always a restful time but not often work as well as it can be stressful if the boys are feisty. Plus, I love spending time with my husband but chatting away isn’t always restful. So finding and doing restful things that are accessible and best for my mind and spirit are key. My goal for 2018 will be a year I will focus on rest. I will start my day finding verses on rest, journaling, and living my day thinking of the importance of resting in my Father’s arms. He desires the best…so I will listen and obey, peacefully and gladly! After all, isn’t just the sound of rest give you peace?  Running just feels exhausting even typing it, so why do I choose running vs. resting? Human nature I guess. Prayerfully, I hope you too will find rest in 2018. The Lord hopes so too! Here are some scriptures I found on REST to begin your journey… Genesis 1 Genesis 2:2-5 Exodus 20:8-10 Exodus 23:12 Exodus 33:14 Psalm 4:8 Psalm 23 Psalm 55:6 Psalm 127:2 Isaiah 14:3-4 Matthew 11: 28-30 (Favorite) Mark 2:27 Mark 6:31 Hebrews 4:9-11 (another favorite) There are many more…search…rest…and enjoy Jesus time! This gal’s blog has some great FREE downloads and wonderful tips! Check it out! God bless you year…may it be a restful one! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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